25 Resume Decisions You Must Make

People who try to go it alone on a resume are faced with dozens of decisions. Unfortunately for them, these are decisions they have not given much thought to, so the probability for errors is very high. The underlying problem when it comes to resume writing for most is that a person really needs to know exactly how others in the employment field think and the methodology they use when reviewing a resume or assessing a candidate in order to write an effective resume. Everything counts when it comes to securing interviews and attracting quality employers with a resume, so just taking a chance with what a person thinks is best is not a wise decisions. It is a fact that people usually make the wrong decision on these items, based on having reviewed hundreds of thousands of resumes over many years. Below are some of the most important decisions a person needs to make on a resume. Handling them correctly correctly makes or breaks the chance for an interview.

  1. Include or eliminate certain jobs
  2. Multiple job titles at one company
  3. Titling current and previous jobs
  4. Employment history gaps
  5. Packaging many previous jobs
  6. Putting to present or not to present
  7. Incomplete or pending education
  8. If you are open multiple job functions
  9. What key competencies to include
  10. Title banner and header statement
  11. Length of resume summary
  12. Which job responsibilities to include
  13. Indicating open to relocation / travel
  14. What education details to include
  15. How far to go back with work history
  16. Font size, font style, multiple fonts
  17. Document margins and line spacing
  18. Acceptable Document formats
  19. When and what to include in a footer
  20. Bolding, italicizing, underlining sections
  21. Appropriate length / number of pages
  22. What content sections to include
  23. Formatting dates correctly
  24. Order of search resume section
  25. Format for resume databases

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